Southwestern Deserts

September, 2001
Regional Report

Books

Sonoran Desert Summer
This engrossing book is written by John Alcock, a Regent's Professor of Zoology at Arizona State University. He is well-known for his entertaining talks about the behavior of insects, much of it observed on a daily basis amongst the native plantings in his own yard. Sonoran Desert Summer contains his well-written observations of natural history in the low desert, including plant, insect and animal life. Anyone who takes a walk through the desert would be well-served by this book, as it explains many of the interactions taking place, most of which of the unknowing would stroll by without a thought. University of Arizona Press, $17.95, 1990.

Web Finds

Arizona Native Plant Society
The non-profit Arizona Native Plant Society website contains such useful information as sources for native plants and seeds; regulations on salvaging native plants from the wild; excellent details on exotic/invasive species; links to related sites; and a desert wildflower watch, detailing where to find seasonal flowers in bloom.

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